Starting your morning off the right way will improve your entire day.
The morning routine helps us start the day off on the right tone. Often when we wake up, we reach for our phones and check emails and messages. This is not the first thing you should do, as it sets the wrong tone for the rest of the day.
Imagine if you receive a bad e-mail, it might alter the mood for the rest of your day. Honestly, there is nothing on there or social media that can’t wait until you have started off your day on the right foot.
So, what’s the right foot?
The right foot is focusing on where we schedule our time, and overall, this increases productivity.
These are the steps I take to having a healthy Morning Routine.
Step One: Don’t snooze your alarm. When you do, you are already admitting defeat. You set the alarm to get up at 6.30, and already you are failing to get up, so do not hit that snooze button. The moment your alarm rings, get up. In time, you will also find yourself getting up before your alarm. Also, try to set your alarm for the same time every morning — yep, that is every morning. Having a regular sleeping pattern is as powerful as having a healthy diet.
Step Two: Make the bed. If it takes less than 5 minutes, don’t put it off. It’s an accomplishment in the first two minutes of waking up, and you will already start to feel good.
Step Three: Get dressed for the day. I know, I know. You must be thinking, really? It’s something 90% do, but since COVID-19 and most of us working from home, this is important to remember. So when we shower and get dressed for the day, we just feel more put-together and organized.
Step Four: Eat a healthy breakfast. Starting off your day on an empty stomach or one filled with sugary food will have you crashing very quickly. The fuel you give yourself first thing is the most important of the day.
Fruit and Yogurt
Step Five: Meditation
Like I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, this is by far one of my favorite things to do in the morning. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve mastered it and that I can stay in the moment because I can’t, but each morning I do this for only five minutes. I found a cool meditation video on Youtube that’s five minutes long. What’re five minutes when it can center you? And like I said earlier, if something takes five minutes or less, DON’T put it off.
Youtube link to meditation: https://youtu.be/inpok4MKVLM
I also light incense when I meditate; my choice is lavender. I do this because it helps relax me, and when I don’t have time to meditate and only burn my incense, it sends a signal to my brain to relax, so I get nearly the same benefits as if I had meditated.
Step Six: Gratitude
I love this one, and I honestly think it’s really powerful. Each morning, I write down three things I am grateful for from the day before. I always pick the smallest things, like those that made me smile or gave me that feeling of pure contentment. So as I write them and think about them, that feeling rises inside me again. It’s like the idea of bottling up a particular scent that triggers emotions. For me, the smell of apple tarts takes me back to my nana’s kitchen.
Example: My one-year-old laughing. Every time I think of that sound or picture her tiny face, I smile. Keeping a gratitude notepad helps, and it’s fun to sit down and flick through the pages.
Step Seven: Create a to-do list for the day.
Before, I never did this, and I would try to remember all the things I had to do that day. For me, I did it by numbers. As I went through my morning, I would count how many things I needed to do, so if I got seven out of the nine, I would wreck my brain trying to think of the other two.
Take a deep breath.
I don’t do this anymore. I sit down with my first cup of coffee and write out everything I want to do that day. I even keep a notepad with me wherever I go. (These days, it’s either in the kitchen or in the sitting room), but if I have a thought, an idea, or something I just remembered needs to be done, I write it down. The title at the top of that page is “Brain Dump” I want it out of my head, so I can focus on whatever task is in front of me.
So that’s my routine. I wrote this up and made it an A5 size that I printed out and laminated. I found it so helpful in the morning to have something concrete to follow. I will attach the one I made so you can print it off yourself or get an idea of how easy it is.
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The next topic I want to discuss is the importance of an evening routine.
Thanks for reading.
I’m also a little obsessed with fun facts, so here is one for today:
You lose up to 30 percent of your taste buds during flight.